Urgent Care for Red Eyes
Red eyes can be more than just uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing—they can be a sign of something serious. The redness itself is typically a result of either an inflammation of the clear membrane (which lines the inside of the eyelids) or blood vessels on the surface of the eye that have expanded due to irritation/infection. While redness may affect just one eye, it can occur in both eyes under certain circumstances.
What Causes Red Eyes?
Eye redness can be result from many different factors, some of which may be minor and others more serious. Common causes of red eyes include the following:
- Foreign Objects in Eye
- Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
What are the Symptoms of Red Eyes?
Symptoms associated with red eyes can vary depending upon the root cause of the issue and may include the following:
- Sensitivity to Light
If excessive swelling, vision problems or fever of 102 F or higher are present, immediate medical attention should be sought.
Diagnosing and Treatment of Red Eyes
Diagnosing red eyes begins with getting a detailed patient history, followed by an examination of the affected eye (or both eyes if affected). The most common cause of red eye is conjunctivitis, which is typically self-limiting in nature. Eye drops may be prescribed in the event that infectious conjunctivitis is confirmed. Conditions necessitating further evaluation may lead to a referral to an opthamologist.
Conjunctivitis is the most common non-traumatic pediatric eye complaint. A thorough physical examination is required for the proper treatment and evaluation of pediatric eye infections and irritations. Eye infections in children may include infections of the eyelids, external eye structure, conjunctiva or the globe itself.
Dealing with Red Eyes? Visit a ConvenientMD Location in NH, ME or MA Today!
Since eye redness that doesn’t resolve quickly may be serious, it necessitates medical treatment. At ConvenientMD, we diagnose and treat red eyes on a regular basis. All of our locations in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tool and a warm, knowledgeable staff to help get you back to feeling your best as quickly as possible.
Don’t let red eyes cause you unnecessary discomfort! We’re open seven days a week, so just stop into one of our clinics in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts without ever needing an appointment.